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Nissan's entry-level car is available as a hatchback or sedan. It packs an impressively roomy rear seat, and the tall roof line allows easy access. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine is relatively refined, but needs to be revved to deliver power. The standard six-speed manual is a bit clunky, and a continuously variable transmission is optional. Fuel economy is good, but not a standout at 28 mpg for the CVT. The ride is relatively comfortable and quiet, but handling isn't particularly agile. Curtain air bags are standard, but cars with the optional antilock brakes can be difficult to find. First-year reliability has been average.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 Nissan Versa recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available. Side and head protection air bags standard. ESC available from 2010, standard from 2012.

Road Test

The Versa has a comfortable and quiet ride. Handling is secure, but not agile. The nicely finished, roomy interior makes it feel more upscale than other entry-level cars. Acceleration is good but fuel economy trails some competing models despite the...


  • Ride, rear seat, relatively quiet and posh interior, access, smooth CVT.


  • Agility.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (122 hp)